As part of the Community Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI) program, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools have partnered with the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless and Joe Marchese Construction Company to provide vocational and living skills instruction for students of SCCPSS.
Currently, five students from five different SCCPSS high schools are participating in a project to build tiny houses for homeless veterans. The students are Carnell Johnson from the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High; Harry “James” Oliver from Islands High School; Braylon Frazier from New Hampstead High; Kavion Washington from Groves High School; and Amir Jackson-Brown from Windsor Forrest High School.
The students received very generous contributions from Nightingale Services, the VFW, Viet Nam Vets, the Veteran’s Council and other individuals to allow for the purchase of the necessary steel-toed boots and other supplies. The student’s safety equipment including hard hats and reflective vests were generously donated by the Home Depot store in Pooler.
Students have been on the construction site off Wheaton Road for more than 6 weeks and plan to continue until May 15. The CBVI program will then start with a fresh crew in August when school resumes.
The students are learning all aspects of construction. Though their primary focus has been framing and windows, the goal is to complete an entire house during their time on the project. Students rotate on tasks and receive instruction and guidance in framing, roofing, siding, and plumbing.
The students have had the opportunity to work on every structure in Phase 2 of the Tiny House project. The first homes are expected to be ready for occupation in June.